Avoiding DIY Plumbing work with a little care

Filed Under: Home repair    by: ITC

When something goes wrong with your plumbing the results can be quite expensive, but with some DIY plumbing knowledge you can prevent these repairs from becoming necessary by taking care of your homes plumbing yourself.
First of all, when the end of autumn comes around you should disconnect all outside hoses around your home because it will stop pipes from freezing and you will not need to worry about water damage. On the other hand, you can take some time to purchase hose bibs that prevent freezing and not worry about this DIY plumbing prevention task. Read more…

Do It Yourself – Solar Panels

Filed Under: Do it yourself, Home repair, Money tips, Remodeling    by: ITC

The use of the green power is becoming more and more popular in today’s economy as it is a great way to save on your energy costs. As a homeowner you too can also get this great power and you can even do it yourself.

The only way that you can begin a solar panel home improvement project is to purchase the solar panels. You can choose from either making or buying these panels. These panels can then be placed on your roof, fences, or even as self standing units. These panels are becoming easier to find as the popularity increases. You even have the choice of making them by yourself for just a few dollars and parts that you will even be able to find at your local hardware store. These awesome panels will convert solar power to electricity and will help you reduce and in some rare cases eliminate your electricity costs. In today’s economy this is a great reason to purchase or create a solar panel for your own home today.

You even have the choice of your using your solar panel as a water heater. Just like the solar panels themselves you will have the option of making the heater yourself or purchasing one from a solar panel dealer. These great heaters will still have the ability to heat your water to the usual required temperature. A lot of different people have even found that they have had to add cold water in an effort to prevent burning themselves. These great heaters will also most likely totally eliminate your water bills which will be a great savings to you.

The more money that you are able to save on your electrical and water costs the more panels that you will be able to add over time which will add even more to your over all savings. Once you have reached the point where you are able to eliminate your bill all together you will even be able to sell some of your power back to the power back to the electrical company and in return receive an awesome profit. Just think of what you would be able to do with those great profits.

So as you can see doing a solar panel home improvement project just makes sense. Not only will it save you money but over time it will be able to actually make you money. It would be a wise decision to use solar panels in your home. The more solar panels that you choose to use the more money you will save in your overall electrical bills. You can find information on how to do this great home improvement project on either the internet or through your local hardware store.

Home Repair Tips – Water Heater Systems

Filed Under: Do it yourself, Electrical, Home repair, Plumbing    by: ITC

Some older houses still heat water by running it through coils in an oil furnace. Some very modern homes use solar energy to heat the water. The most common water heaters are gas or electric.

Regardless of the type, all water heaters require some maintenance. A leaky water heater should be replaced by a new one. But other problems can be avoided or cured. They include:

• Build up of sediment in the heater

• Top fittings that leak

• Leaky pressure relief valves

Rust or other sediments can build up in the tank. You should drain the tank about once a year to remove them. Turn off the heat, and shut water entering the heater. Open any hot water faucet in the house to let in air so the tank will drain. Attach a water hose to the drain spout of the water heater. Wear gloves because the hose will be too hot to handle. Drain the water into a floor drain or a pail that is lower than the tank spout. When the heater is empty, run more water into it. Keep draining it until the water runs clear.

If the fittings at the top of the tank are made of different metals, electrolysis may cause them to start corroding. An insulated fitting should have been used. Sometimes the fittings can be replaced in time.

Pressure relief valves keep the tank from bursting. A leaking pressure valve may mean that the water pressure is too high. This happens when the water is too hot or when there is no regulator between the meter and the house. A leaking pressure relief valve may also be worn out and need replacing.

Gas and oil heaters have some particular problems. If the flame is not a blue color, call the gas or oil company to come and adjust it.

When the pilot light in a gas heater goes out, turn off the gas. Clean around the pilot light and burner with a stiff brush. Vacuum the exhaust vent and underside of the heater. To light the pilot again , set the dial to PILOT. Hold the dial or button down, and light the pilot. Keep holding it down until the pilot stays lit. Then turn the dial to ON and set the thermostat.

Water heaters can be made more efficient by wrapping them in a special thermal insulating blanket. You can also save hot water by making sure none of your faucets are leaking.

Open a hot water faucet to let air into the water heater. Drain and refill the tank. Continue until the water runs clear.

Pressure relief valves are spring valves that leak when there is too much pressure in the water heater. This usually happens when there is too much heat or the local water pressure is too high. The cure is to lower the water temperature or install a water pressure regulator between the meter and the house.

Occasionally the pilot light on the water heater goes out. Turn the control to OFF and wait five minutes for any free gas to escape. Then turn the dial to PILOT. Hold the red button down (or the dial if there is no button) and light the pilot. After about a minute the pilot will continue to burn when the button is released. Turn the dial to ON, and the heater should operate normally.